Government seem to be a family business in Thailand.
Gen Chaisith Shinawatra as party leader, Yingluck Shinawatra as the party’s secretary-general and Potjaman (Thaksin’s wife) as adviser to the party?
Former Army Chief Gen Chaisith Shinnawatr, one of Thaksin’s cousins, has made it clear that he is ready to take over the helm of the Puae Thai Party to bring back the former premier to power.
“I will not betray Thaksin. He still has a lot of good things about him. All I want to do is to help the country. Once the job is done, I will come back to take care of my grandchildren….I am not politically ambitious,” he told reporters.
At the same time, Yingluck, one of Thaksin’s sisters, is also tipped to assume the Puae Thai’s leadership after Suchart Thadathamrongvej quit earlier this week.
But Gen Chaisith said he didn’t think Yingluck is qualified to play that role just yet. “She has no charisma. She only has money. I know her very well. She is my sister. She is still too young. In fact, Yaowapa (Thaksin’s other sister and Premier Somchai Wongsawat’s wife) may be more qualified. She has gained political experience. I don’t think the Thai people are ready to accept women as political leaders yet…just look at Sudarat (Kaeyurapan, former Thai Rak Thai’s executive)…she was so prominent…but see what happened to her?”
Has he talked to Thaksin about his new political role?
Gen Chaisith said: “No. There are absolutely no signs. But Yongyuth (Tiyapairath, former TRT executive) called me once to ask me whether I was ready for that. He has since kept quiet….”
What about this formula, proposed by some of Thaksin’s inside advisers:
Gen Chaisith as party leader, Yingluck as the party’s secretary-general and Potjaman (Thaksin’s wife) as adviser to the party?
It’s all in the family.
Thaksin cousin asked to head Puea Thai Party – General Chaiyasith Shinawatra, a retired general and cousin of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has been approached to take over as deputy prime minister and leader of the Puea Thai Party in a new line-up that would pave the way for Thaksin to return to politics.